Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Art of Love and Murder by Brenda Whiteside -- With A Giveaway!

I'm thrilled to be hosting Brenda Whiteside today, talented author extraordinaire, with her latest release, The Art of Love and Murder! Don't forget to scroll down and enter the Giveaway! Whoot!

I'm so happy to be here today, AJ. I hope all of your readers will take the time to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway. It’s easy and each person can have several chances to win if they choose.
The Art of Love and Murder released on May 2. I’m excited about this romantic suspense because it’s just the first in my Love and Murder Series.
The eyes have it. I’m fascinated by eyes; they hold meaning, they tell emotion and the colors seem to be endless shades and patterns. Because of my fascination, I have to curb the amount of emphasis I put on eyes when I write. Enough is enough some times. In my latest release, The Art of Love and Murder, Lacy Dahl has startling green eyes the color of lime. Her parents were killed in a plane crash that she survived as an infant. The one picture she has of her father shows the same eyes. But there’s a hitch when she discovers another man who knew her mother and has the same green eyes.


Momentarily struck dumb by his eye color, she stared back. Why hadn’t she noticed until now? Although not as light as hers or her father’s, the professor’s eyes were a startling green shade.
His hand nudged her arm. “Lacy?”
She jumped. “Oh, yes.” She slipped the tissue from the half-carved wolf. Another glance at his eyes and goose bumps riddled her arms.
He lifted the wood close to his face, using both hands as if handling a delicate hummingbird. His thumb traced the neck of the creature to the juncture of where it emerged from the wood. When he brought the piece to his nose, closing his eyes and breathing deeply, Lacy wanted to turn away from the oddly erotic gesture.
He swallowed, opened his eyes and set the wolf back on the tissue. His attention shifted to the photograph of the chest. He touched the photo, a smile on his lips. “Where is the chest?”
The chest. Like he knew it, had seen it before. “I’m having it sent. You’ve seen it before?”
He didn’t move, stared out the window as if deep in thought. “I’d like to show you something, Lacy.”
“All right.” She waited, watching his profile.
He turned and stared into her face a moment. “You’re so very lovely. A creation full of life and passion, surpassing any art form.”
His hypnotic voice floated on the classical strains drifting from the living room. She couldn’t speak. Didn’t know what to say. She’d been lifted upon a pedestal of admiration. With any other man, she might consider his words a means to a sexual end. The professor’s intentions, however, were crystal. He admired her like a work of art.

How much importance do you place in a person’s eyes?

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Brenda spends most of her time writing stories of discovery and love. The rest of her time is spent tending vegetables on the small family farm she shares with her husband, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter. Together, they’ve embraced an age-old lifestyle that has been mostly lost in the United States - multiple generations living under one roof, who share the workload, follow their individual dreams and reap the benefits of combined talents.

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Brenda Whiteside said...

Great to be here, AJ. I'm visiting book stores in the Flagstaff area today - the town my story is set in - and I'll pop in and out. Thanks for having me!

Ashantay said...

I'm fascinated with eyes - color, shape, size - also. Sometimes I'll study a person's photo by covering their mouth and checking their eyes to see whether the smile traveled up there or was limited to the lips. Amazing difference at times!

Brenda Whiteside said...

Great observation, Ashantay. The eyes do smile.

Sharon said...

Love the excerpt :)

AJ Nuest said...

Thanks so much for being here today, Brenda! The post will be up for a few days so here's hoping you get lots of entries into your great giveaway! Whoot!

Unknown said...

The eyes have always been my favorite part of a person.
Thanks for the great excerpt. Added to my wishlist.

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

One of the first things that we notice when we see a person is their eyes. They're one of the features that attract us toward an individual. Love eyes!

Lime Green eye color for your character-- has to be amongst the rarest eye color and she's found another man with the same eye color... I'm intrigued. :)

Anyway congrats with your book and I wish you the very best success!

Unknown said...

Eyes are the window to the soul. I love looking into eyes because they can give so much more of a person's story to you than their words. So much emotion is unable to be kept from the all-showing eyes. It is hard for me to get to know a person without knowing their eyes.

Ilona Fridl said...

The book sounds very good, Brenda. As a writer of mystery, myself, I love the way the plot is put together. Best of luck!

Shirley said...

Eyes are very telling, but I work in a situation where I see people when they first enter a building. The eyes, as well as expression are very telling. And sometimes their walk. I definitely have a people watching job.

Unknown said...

I can't wait to read this. sounds perfect for romance

Unknown said...

Hello, so excited to find out about this book. Looking forward to reading!!

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